Mouse Creek Falls is a beautiful 35' falls in the Big Creek section of the Smokies. I first visited the falls in mid April '02 and I saw more varieties of wildflowers along the trail than any other trail I have been on. From the Asheville area, the directions are as follows - Take I-40 west to the Tennesee state line and get off at exit 451, Waterville Rd. Take a left at the bottom of the ramp, go under I-40 and follow the road around to cross the Pigeon River. Take a left after the bridge on the road that heads up the right side of the river. At 1.4 miles from the exit, cross a bridge at the Progress Energy power station. At 1.7 miles, the road turns to gravel. Pass Mountain Momma's on the left and come to a stop sign at 2.3 miles. Keep straight - the road ends at 3.2 miles in a parking circle and camping area. Just before entering the parking area, look to the right for the Big Creek Trail to the falls. It's also a horse trail, so no pets are allowed.
The trail is a fairly easy walk up a rough gravel road to the falls. About 1.5 miles up the trail, Big Creek is squeezed in between 2 large boulders in an area called Midnight Hole. The pool below the 5-6' cascade is good size is an obvious aqua color where the creek spills in from above.
In another 0.5 miles there are a couple of make-shift hitching posts on the left and a little side trail leading to the creek. At this point, Mouse Creek empties into Big Creek forming the waterfall. The falls and setting are absolutely gorgeous. The falls first spills about 20' over a moss covered rock face into a pool, then another 10-15' over more moss covered rocks into Big Creek.
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